Mayflower 400 Guided Tours

Travel the Mayflower Trail and see it through the eyes of Pilgrims, treading in the very footsteps they would have taken 400 years ago with our exclusive Guided Tours.

Walk the historic streets that tell the Mayflower story, admire the centuries-old churches where they would have worshipped, explore the English villages where they live, the maritime cities and ports they travelled through and the towns they traded in.

Our Guided Tours take you to the very heart of England on land and water, giving you a unique opportunity to experience the very best of the country  - it's culture, history, scenery and architecture - in the hands of the people who know it best.

Our official Guided Tour partners will give you an insight into 1620 England, telling local stories and guiding you to fascinating hidden corners - while helping you choose the best places to eat, drink and shop.

 

You can browse the different Guided Tours we have to offer below.

  • From Pilgrims to Cotton – Boston and the Threads to America

    Starting in the Chapel of the Boston Guildhall Museum, dating from 1390s, hear the story of the 1607 attempt for escape, how this story has changed for Boston and the new stories that are being discovered and shared.

    Stand in the Court Room, visit the actual cells that held the Pilgrims for 30 days. Discover Leonard Beetson, a Boston Draper, who was named on an arrest warrant alongside Pilgrim Leaders in 1607 and his relationship with John Cotton.

    Walk into the medieval Market Place and view St Botolph's Church where Reverend Cotton gave his sermons. End your experience with a visit to a local Coaching Inn, The White Hart, for a traditional afternoon tea. 

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  • Mayflower 400 Anniversary Roadtrips

    Discover for yourself the history behind the Pilgrims and the Mayflower voyage with your own adventure at your own pace in one of these unique Wanderlust campervans

    Follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrims and immerse yourself in the history with the award-winning company's suggested itineraries and a self-guided tour of Mayflower 400 highlights and events during August and September 2020.

    Or you can choose to be independent and set your own route, taking in the highlights that are of interest and importance to your own journey of discovery for this once-in-a-lifetime historical voyage.

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  • Plymouth Walking Tours

    Explore the historic city of Plymouth with the expert guides from Devon & Cornwall Tour Guides, offering the only regular, bookable walking tours in the city

    There are two choices of walking tours that are one hour each: wander through the Barbican District and see where Mayflower Pilgrims walked, or check out the waterfront with a visit to Plymouth Hoe and a stroll through the City Centre.

    Whichever tour you choose, we’ll do our best to show you all of Plymouth’s iconic sights.

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  • Dartmouth Mayflower Pilgrims' Haven

    A full-day tour with a cruise excursion, led by your very own local Blue Badge Guide with private transport around the historic town of Dartmouth

    Spend the day exploring one of Devon’s most historic and scenic harbour towns and the stunning estuary of the River Dart set deep in the Devon landscape. 

    Your qualified Blue Badge Guide will bring alive the local stories of the Mayflower Pilgrims as they share with you the history of the people and the locations that are key to the start of their journey to America.

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  • Founding Connections: Windsor, Salisbury & Southampton

    Trace the story of the key royal, constitutional and founding links between the United States and United Kingdom visiting some of the most iconic sites in southern England with Blue Badge Tours

    Your qualified Blue Badge Guide will reveal, at each location you visit, fascinating details of how the foundations of the special relationship between the rulers and the people of both nations were forged.

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  • The Mayflower City

    Plymouth in the county of Devon is inextricably linked with the story of the Pilgrims. It is from the safety of this superb harbour that the Mayflower finally left England, in September 1620, on her perilous voyage to the New World

    The addition of a guided trip to Buckland Abbey, the Drake family home, makes this a full day’s tour, enabling us to explore the great changes that took place in Tudor England and ultimately gave rise to the great migration westward, across the Atlantic.

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  • In The Footsteps of The Mayflower

    Spend a day in Southampton - on land and sea - exploring the maritime city's connections with The Mayflower.

    2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower and her sister ship the Speedwell departing Southampton on a voyage to the New World.

    Visit SeaCity Museum and its permanent 'Gateway to the World' gallery and see how Southampton has developed as a port since Roman times. Learn about the famous ships that have sailed out of Southampton, including the Mayflower, Titanic and Queen Mary.

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  • Mayflower Discovery: 5-day guided tour

    An unforgettable private 5-day adventure across the UK tracing the journey of the Pilgrims who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620

    Discover the villages where the leaders lived, and where the Separatist movement was born, the churches where they worshipped, the cells where they were held and the very places where they stayed, ate and set sail

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  • Mayflower Pilgrims Devon Discovery Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of the intrepid Mayflower Pilgrims, and their final weeks in England

    • The beautiful river port of Dartmouth where the Mayflower laid at anchor
    • A tour of the town of Dartmouth with the Town Crier, in full regalia! (subject to availability)
    • The historic port of Plymouth was once the maritime capital of the world! 
    • The historic Barbican area, the Mayflower steps and Island House where many of the Pilgrims lodged while in the town
    • Plymouth Gin Distillery and historic Plymouth Hoe
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  • Pilgrim Mayflower Tour

    See where the Pilgrims stayed while waiting to board the Mayflower ship for their epic journey to the New World

    Stand on the steps which would have been their last step on English land before arrival at the New World. Photo opportunity at the Mayflower Steps, which is approaching its 400th year anniversary in 2020.

    Visit the Mayflower museum where you will see and hear the story of the persecuted separatists who fled England to Holland before their epic journey to the New World via Plymouth in 1620. We then visit the Barbican, with its Elizabethan cobbled streets and buildings.

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  • Mayflower Tour of Devon

    Devon, the final departure point for those courageous Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago! On this tour we will follow the path of the Pilgrims as they prepared to set sail on their historic voyage to America in 1620

    • Visit the famous Mayflower Steps and the historic Barbican in Plymouth
    • Lunch in a traditional, historic pub
    • Visit Bayards Cove where Speedwell sought repairs
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  • Finesse Chauffeurs Mayflower 400 Tour

    Finesse Chauffeurs have introduced a new 7-day tour in time for the 400-year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620.

    Whether coming to the UK to commemorate this historic occasion or perhaps you have a personal interest in tracing your family tree (genealogy), Finesse Chauffeurs can provide you with a tour of the South West of England based on the Mayflower journey.

    Includes Southampton, Dartmouth, Plymouth and Cornwall.

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  • Hedingham Castle

    Arrive in style in a vintage Rolls Royce to Hedingham Castle in Essex, built in 1133, before a full tour of the beautiful castle

    Your guide will bring the history of the castle to life and you will enjoy a mouthwatering afternoon cream tea and local wine tasting.

    Enjoy a fully escorted private guided tour of the castle and gardens with exclusive access to private areas of the Castle not usually open to visitors

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  • Cambridge Religious Heritage

    The best way to experience the city and university of Cambridge is with a Cambridge Official Walking Tour

    This 3-hour walking tour, led by qualified Green Badge Cambridge City Guides, explains why Cambridge is known as the home of the English Reformation. Our walking tour will take you on a journey of over 1000 years, uncovering the stories of early Christianity, the Crusades, the early US Pilgrims and the Reformation.

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  • American Airmen Tour

    This full day tour, led by qualified Green Badge Cambridge City Guides, is a combination of a walking tour, taking you to the historic sites in Cambridge that tell the story of our many US connections

    • Qualified Green Badge Guides offering a professional and high-quality service
    • Cambridge city walk including Cambridge University
    • Eagle Pub for traditional pub lunch
    • American Cemetery at Madingley
    • Imperial War Museum Duxford
    • American Air Museum
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  • In the Pilgrim’s Footsteps – The Mayflower Story

    Explore Lincoln Cathedral for a guided walk around Cathedral Grounds and precincts before heading towards the Bassetlaw area and the birthplace of many Separatists

    • A visit to Lincoln featuring one of the most magnificent of English Gothic Cathedrals
    • Scrooby and Babworth where the first separatists were born and worshipped
    • Gainsborough Old Hall traditional afternoon cream
    • Tuxford Mill, a working tower windmill, built in 1820
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  • Roots of the Mayflower – Including Evensong in Lincoln Cathedral

    Travel through the countryside of this corner of “unknown England” enjoying a personally guided visit to some of the main sites associated with the 1620 Pilgrims in one easy trip

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  • Roots of the Mayflower

    Travel through the countryside of this corner of “unknown England” and enjoy a personally guided visit to most of the main sites associated with the homes of the 1620 Pilgrims in one easy 5-hour trip

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  • Mayflower Archives at The Box, Plymouth

    Get on-board with our Mayflower 400 commemorations with a guided tour of the national Mayflower: Legend and Legacy exhibition

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  • The Box Highlights Tour

    Take an immersive journey through our permanent galleries with our expert guide at The Box

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  • A Taste of Mayflower at The Box, Plymouth

    Get on-board with our Mayflower 400 commemorations with a guided tour of the national Mayflower: Legend and Legacy exhibition.

     Immerse yourself in the stories of the 102 passengers before enjoying a locally sourced Mayflower Cream Tea in our boutique meeting room

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  • Behind The Box

    Enjoy an exclusive tour behind the scenes at The Box with our expert guide.

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  • The Mayflower Experience Tour at The Box, Plymouth

    Discover the true story of the Mayflower in our immersive exhibition Mayflower: Legend and Legacy

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  • Mayflower 400 Commemoration Tours

    An official Mayflower 400 tour of Plymouth and Cornwall’s Poldark connections

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  • Pilgrims, Baptists and Amazing Country Churches

    Explore Gainsborough, the historic puritan churches of Glentworth and Snarford, the medieval splendour of Stow, the pre-Reformation farmyard church of Coates and Sturton le Steeple which gave birth to separatist leaders John Smyth and John Robinson

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  • Sailing Through History at Mount Edgcumbe

    Sail through the history of the seafaring port of Plymouth and history of Mount Edgcumbe

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